There are a number of ways to encourage healthy bereavement.
Rest - Make sure to allow yourself time for proper rest.
Regular Exercise - It is very important to get some exercise. It doesn’t have to be vigorous, taking a walk is valuable. Exercise helps relieve stress that builds up in our bodies. Examples of other exercise could be gardening, bike riding or what you were used to doing before your bereavement.
Proper Nutrition - Equally important is proper nutrition. Eating right helps keep our body and mind functioning properly.
Reaching Out To Family and Friends - We all need some time alone to grieve, but we also need to stay connected with friends and family. They give us support and strength.
Journaling - Writing out your thoughts and pouring out your grief on paper can be helpful to some. Just look at King David in the Bible. Others find it helpful to write letters to their deceased loved one or to create poems.
Read - books, articles, grief quotes, or bereavement poems can be a great comfort.
Gain Comfort From Your Faith - Many people find great comfort from their faith. Have you ever read the Psalms? The authors in the scriptures cover so many of the emotional distresses we face. We can gain strength knowing that others have been in situations similar to ours and have come through.
Accept Comfort and Help - It is not weakness to seek out friends or family to talk or for help with practical things. We need others, and others want to be of help and show great care for us. It blesses them to bless the bereaved.
Avoid making any major decisions (like selling a house) if possible during that first year of bereavement.
Remember to allow yourself to laugh as well as to cry.
The bottom line is that it is important to take care of yourself. I found this quote recently and really think it’s good.
“Our immune system is only as strong as the dosage of self-love, self-acceptance, and self-care that we administer to ourselves daily.”
- Rusty Berkus -
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